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. >>> now to newtown, connecticut, where more funerals will be held today for victims of friday's school massacre. elaine quijano is in newtown. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, charlie and norah. the search for comfort here means more funerals will take place today. it also means a slow return to things that once seemed routine. this simple act of going to school is no longer simple here. on the first day back after the shooting, it's become more of a ritual. mike morshuk planned to meet his 16-year-old daughter after class. >> i'll be waiting outside the car and hopefully a few friends will come over, give them a big hug and a kiss, you know. >> reporter: for students at sandy hook elementary classes won't resume until january. in an empty school being renovated nearby. their own building is still an active crime scene and may never be reopened. tuesday morning funerals were held for 6-year-old james mattioli who loved cuddling with his mom at the end of the day. and jessica rekos, who so loved horses. she had just asked santa for a new cowgirl hat. today there will be s
and the need to spend on the home whether it was the tragedy in connecticut and took away the feel-good factor it was a confluence of events that led to a should have been better holiday season. >> reporter: in the densely populated northeast, where more than a fifth of the country's retail sales take place, homeowners hit hard by hurricane sandy spent more money on repairs than on holiday gifts. also dragging down sales was uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered compared to past years of double-digit growth this year online holiday sales rose only about 8% compared to nearly 16% last year. lack of consumer confidence means this shopping season could be the weakest since the recession in 2008 when sales actually shrank. >> consumers need to have more confidence. right now it's more of an uncertain way for the first half of 2013 so i think everyone has thought going into the y
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